Suggested readings of the month September ’12: Her Russian Billionaire, Hell Hath No Fury

 

Hello family, it’s that time of the month again. This month’s suggested readings are:

  1. Hell Hath No Fury: Women’s Letters from the End of the Affair by Anna Holmes
  2. Her Russian Billionaire by Theodora Taylor

Another Smoking Hot Interracial Romance from the 50 Loving States Series! Russian ogliarch, Alexei Rustanov, wants nothing more than to leave his past behind, including the sexy and sassy Texas beauty, Eva St. James, who so callously broke his heart back when he was a poor grad student. But when he runs into her at a wedding eight years after their tumultuous break-up, passions ignite and Alexei decides he will settle for nothing less than red-hot, dirty, and oh-so-erotic revenge. Can he have his Eva and get his revenge, too — without losing his heart again?

WARNING: This book contains blazing hot sex, explosive secrets, one intense alpha male, and a love story with some serious twists and turns…

The following are the Editorial Reviews the book has received:

“ Great book, good story and well written. ” –  Annette Reader 

“Really really hot scenes, I love the characters, all the twists and I just wish there were more books and even movies like this!– Rozarka 

“I absolutely love the combination of an alpha male and a strong female character. ” – tina 

This book was nothing short of awesome… Loved how the characters were well fleshed out and you got to know them. Alexie, Alexie, Alexie… what can I say!!??? Such a man moving heaven and earth to get what he wants. And Eva doing what she feels she needs to do and in the end you are very pleased and rooting for the both of them. I highly recommend – By Victoria Briggs “book digester” 

“HER RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRE is a good-hearted and hot combination. Darling Eva puts off doing laundry, and author Theodora Taylor twists this flaw in many humorous ways. Eva and Lexie (the only person who can call him that) will keep you turning pages really fast. This super fun book is well written – Kathleen P. Rowland “crosscultural author” (Southern California) 

It’s as old as time: the breakup letter. The kiss-off. The Dear John. The big adios. Simple in its premise, stunningly perfect in its effect. From Anne Boleyn to Sex and the City writer/producer Cindy Chupack, from women both well-known and unknown, imaginary and real, the letters here span the centuries and the emotions—providing a stirring, utterly gratifying glimpse at the power, wit, and fury of a woman’s voice. In a never-before-published letter, Anaïs Nin gives her lover, C. L. Baldwin, a piece of her mind. Charlotte Brontë, in formal fashion, refuses the marriage proposal of Henry Nussey. In a previously unpublished letter, Sylvia Plath writes to her childhood friend and brief lover, Phillip McCurdy, expressing her wish to maintain a platonic relationship. And “Susie Q.” lets “Johnny Smack-O” know that she’s onto his philandering.

The brilliance of the mad missives, caustic communiqués, downhearted dispatches, sweet send-offs, and every other sort of good-bye that fills these pages will surely resonate with anyone who has ever loved, lost, left, languished, or laughed a hearty last laugh.

 The following are the Editorial Reviews the book has received: 

“I wish I could get my money and my time back. ” Susan H. Richins 

“If you can overlook this sort of trash, and those letters that simply are not interesting enough, you may find some worthwhile – and occasionally moving – pieces. ” – Reader 

“This book was insightful and inspiring! ” – Robbie Wedeen 

From Publishers Weekly
Whether a two-line note, a brief e-mail, an expansive retelling of a romance or a lamenting farewell, each letter in journalist Holmes’s first book offers a snapshot from the end of an affair. With anger, sorrow, wit, intelligence and whining, such authors as Sylvia Plath, Mary Wollstonecraft, Anne Boleyn, Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf and countless lesser-known women analyze what went wrong, say good-bye and address the future, some more happily than others, some impulsively and others with great forethought.

Chapters group similar letters (the “tell off,” the “just friends,” the “marriage refusal,” the “unsent letter,” etc.), mixing contemporary and historical compositions, so that Monica Lewinsky’s 1997 e-mail to President Bill Clinton follows Aline Bernstein’s 1930s’ correspondence with Thomas Wolfe in the “silent treatment” chapter, and the letter from a young woman named Lois to serviceman Harry Leister during WWII follows Valley of the Dolls author Jacqueline Susann’s 1942 missive to film producer Irving Mansfield in the “Dear John” chapter.

Holmes’s comprehensive collection includes letters from epistolary and narrative novels beginning with Ovid’s Heroides; prescriptive letters culled from letter-writing manuals; and unsent letters from as recently as October 2001. The careful reader will appreciate the subtle differences between many of the letters, but will have to plow through a quantity of less interesting work before happening on a gem.

Many of the letters cannot stand on their own and beg for greater context and additional details about the author and the relationship. Still, literary romantics will have fun thumbing through this unique assemblage of send-off notes -Reed Business Information, Inc. —

From Library Journal
Motivated by her own disappointing relationship and the responses she received to the “breakup” letter she sent to her lover and to ten other people on the Internet, freelance writer Holmes compiled this anthology of 356 real or fictional letters of love, hatred, anger, disappointment, disgust, and rejection written by women when relationships with their lovers, suitors, or husbands went awry.

The collection offers sent and unsent letters between various notables, including Anne Boleyn to Henry VIII, Mary Wollstonecraft to Gilbert Imlay, Princess Margaret to Robin Douglas-Home, Jacqueline Susann to Irvin Mansfield, and Monica Lewinsky to Bill Clinton, as well as those between unknown individuals, those published as literature (e.g., The Letters of Abelard and Heloise), and those published in letter-writing manuals.

The anthology is divided into 13 sections, each chronologically arranged, according to types, such as “Marriage Refusal,” “Prescriptive Letters,” “Goodbye Letter,” “Tell-Off,” “Dear John,” and “Divorce Letter.” This book will be consoling to those who discover the universality of experiences and emotions, depressing to those who find the collection an overwhelming overdose of reactions to unfulfilled relationships, and inspiring to those motivated to pursue the relationships of notables mentioned or to study letters as literature. Appropriate for public and academic libraries – Jeris Cassel, Rutgers Univ. Libs., New Brunswick, NJ

Let me know what you think of the book after you’ve read them. Although both books represent different ends of the interracial spectrum, these books are you assist and guide those new to the interracial life with how to deal with dating, marriage and raising an interracial family…

It is said that reading stimulates the mind. The more you read, the more you open your mind up to new ways of thinking and thus the more creative you will become. Happy reading as always!

 

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2 thoughts on “Suggested readings of the month September ’12: Her Russian Billionaire, Hell Hath No Fury

  1. Great pick. I’m intrigued by the first book’s title. It looks like a juicy read. I’ll check out the Russian billionaire

  2. Pingback: Suggested readings of the month January ’13: The Nanny, Her Perfect Gift | KolorBlind Mag

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